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Hastings District Anzac Day Commemorations 2015

Hastings District commemorates Anzac Day 2015 at the Cenotaph in Civic Square with a dawn service, a civic ceremony and a programme of music and community art projects.

Sir Andrew Russell, Hawke’s Bay born WW1 Military leader will be honoured with a bronze statue on ANZAC Day

This year marks 100 years since New Zealanders and Australians served at Gallipoli int he First World War. To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Anzac Day, Hastings District Council brings you a series of free community events leading up to and on Anzac Day Saturday 25 April

Full Programme 

Find out what's on leading up to, and on Saturday 25 April 2015. 

14 April
Landmarks History Talk
Hastings War Memorial Library
In an acknowledgement of the 100th anniversary of the Great War, mother and son Phillida and Andrew Russell will talk about their renowned ancestor Major General Sir Andrew (Guy) Hamilton Russell – his early life and engagements through Gallipoli and the Western Front. This event starts 5.30pm.

14 April
Boot Camp for Kids
Hastings War Memorial Library
Get fit like a soldier military-style with the crew from FlaXrock Gym for a boot camp-style exercise circuit for kids from 10am till 11am. All welcome, but would be more suitable for school-aged children.

14 April
Boot Camp for Kids
Havelock North Library
Get fit like a soldier military-style with the crew from FlaXrock Gym for a boot camp-style exercise circuit for kids from 10.30am. All welcome, but would be more suitable for school-aged children.

15 April
Letter to a Soldier
Hastings War Memorial Library
Write a letter to a soldier currently serving in the New Zealand Armed Forces and hear about how New Zealand soldiers have been involved in different wars. This event is free and runs from 1.30pm till 2.30pm

16 April 
ANZAC Storytime
Hastings War Memorial Library
Our Hastings librarians are renowned for their enthusiastic storytelling and this ANZAC storytime promises to be one of the best! This event is free and starts at 10.30am.

17 April
ANZAC storytime
Havelock North Library
Remember our ANZACs with a special storytime. Make a poppy and a group wreath in remembrance of our brave soldiers. This event is free and starts at 10.30am.

17 April
Military Academy
Flaxmere Library
Get fit like a soldier military-style with the crew from FlaXrock Gym. They will put your through your paces in this boot camp-style circuit class for kids from 10.30am. Get your sneakers on for this free event!

23 April 
ANZAC Storytime
Flaxmere Library
Our librarians are renowned for their enthusiastic storytelling and this ANZAC storytime promises to be one of the best! This event is free and starts at 10.30am.

23 April
Crimson Sound: An Anzac Day Commemoration Concert
St Matthew's Anglican Church
A concert of music, visual art, and readings to commemorate the first Anzac Day. This concert provides time for reflection as well as telling the story of Gallipoli. This event is free and starts at 7.30pm.

24 April
Movie Screening: Gallipoli - The Frontline Experience
Hastings War Memorial Library
Get comfy on our big cushions and watch this acclaimed film made by Turkish director, Tolga Örnek. This event is free and starts at 10am.

24 April 
We Will Remember Them – Havelock North
Havelock North Domain
Over 3,000 students from all seven schools in Havelock North will come together for their own commemoration of the Gallipoli landings. Students will gather at the Havelock North Domain to honour those who died, and those who returned from Gallipoli. Prior to the service, students will attach thousands of poppies to a wire frame to form a dramatic backdrop to the event. Each school group will perform its own tribute, in song or speech. At the end of the event student representatives will form a procession to the War Memorial where they will lay a wreath on behalf of each school.

25 April
Anzac Day 2015: Hastings Remembers
Civic Square

Official Hastings District Anzac Day Dawn Service:

In a more traditional dawn service, pay your respects in this service led by Hastings RSA:

  • 5.20am Parade starts from Clock Tower

  • 5.25am Parade arrives at the Cenotaph, Civic Square

  • 5.30am National Anthems of New Zealand and Australia

  • 5.35am Mayor Lawrence Yule speaks

  • 5.40am Hastings RSA speaks

  • 5.45am Evocation: Sister Marlene Dunn

  • 5.50am Colonel Grant Motley

  • 5.55am Last Post

  • 5.57am Ode (Māori and English) and Volley

  • 6.00am Reveille and laying of wreaths

  • 6.02am Green Fields of France – Keith Gosney

  • 6.05am Benediction: Sister Marlene Dunn

  • 6.10am Parade march off and official service ends

Performances & unveiling of Sir Andrew Russell Statue:

Following the dawn service there will be performances and the unveiling of the Sir Andrew Russell statue as we get ready for the Civic Service.

  • 8.40am Music from WW1 and WW2: Deco Bay Napier Port Brass Band

  • 9.10am The Band Played Waltzing Matilda: Alec Wishart

  • 9.15am Unveiling of Sir Andrew Russell statue

  • 9.30am Adagio for strings and other works of remembrance: The New Zealand String Quartet

Civic Service:

At a more family-friendly time, this Civic Service includes live performances and entertainment featuring school groups - not to be missed.

  • 10.00am Vehicle parade begins – Russell St South

  • 10.05am Haka and Waiata: Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre

  • 10.07am National anthems of New Zealand and Australia

  • 10.10am Mayor Lawrence Yule

  • 10.15am Evocation: Sister Marlene Dunn

  • 10.20am Colonel Grant Motley

  • 10.25am Representatives from local schools

  • 10.30am Performance: Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre

  • 10.35am Last Post

  • 10.36am Ode (Māori and English)

  • 10.40am Reveille and laying of wreaths

  • 10.45am Green Fields of France: Keith Gosney

  • 10.50am Benediction: Sister Marlene Dunn

  • 10.55am Haka and Waiata: Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre

  • 11.00am Parade march off - service ends

Print the full programme (PDF, 546 KB)

25 April
Lay a Poppy at the Hall of Memories
Hall of Memories at Hastings War Memorial Library
Make a paper poppy and pay your respects by laying it in the Hall of Memories, in the foyer of the Hastings War Memorial Library. Materials provided. The Hall of Memories opens at 5am, make a poppy between 8am and 4pm.

25 April
Finding Gallipoli
Hastings City Art Gallery
Finding Gallipoli is currently being exhibited at the Hastings City Art Gallery. In Finding Gallipoli, artist David Guerin will tell stories about Gallipoli, inviting you to contribute to a collective artwork to remember 100 years. There will be five storytelling sessions over the day at 9.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Each episode is based on the actual letters of a soldier who fought at Gallipoli.

25 April
Heretaunga Women’s Centre Women Open Day
Heretaunga Women’s Centre
From 10am, visit the Heretaunga Women’s Centre for Devonshire tea, tours and a spotlight on how women supported the First World War. Everyone welcome.

26 April
St Matthew’s Anglican Church Civic Service
St Matthew’s Anglican Church
On Sunday, everyone is invited to congregate at St Matthew’s Anglican Church for a Civic Service of Remembrance. The church is a poignant choice for the event as a large memorial cairn inscribed with 44 names of the fallen sits within its grounds. This free service starts at 10am. To find out more stmatthewshastings.org.nz

This activity is being worked on from
2015
 to 
26 April 2015
Date added: 30 January 2015 | Last updated: 31 March 2017
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